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Filipino cue master Biado bags gold in World Games

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(Photo from The Manila TImes)

 

MANILA — Another good news for Filipinos in sports.

 

The Philippines’ Carlo Biado on Saturday (July 30, Manila Time) won the gold in men’s pool finals, beating Great Britain Jayson Shaw, 11-7 to win the country's first gold in the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.

 

Biado’s sterling performance gave the Philippines its first ever gold in the World Games, a world competition of non-olympic games held every four years, according to Robert Manaquil, secretary general of the local billiard-snooker association and media officer of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

 

Dennis Orcullo gave the Philippines its lone medal in the world games by winning the bronze in the 9-ball pool in 2014 in Cali, Columbia.

 

Earlier in the day, Biado, demonstrated mental toughness and steady form and defeated Oi Naoyuki of Japan, in a masterful, 11-7, in the first semi finals match to face Jayson, who won over Taipei’s Ko Pin Yi in other semis, 11-4, in the finals of the 9-ball tussle.

 

Chezka Centeno lost her play off for bronze to China’s Han Yu, 9-3 in the women’s pool. Earlier, Centeno was defeated in the finals by Chen Siming of China, 6-9. 

 

Chezka Centeno tumbled out of the medal podium following a 9-3 defeat at the hands of China’s Han Yu during their playoff for the bronze.

 

The 18-year-old from Zamboanga City who won the women’s 9-ball gold in the 2015 World Games held in Shanghai, China lost to Siming earlier in the semifinals.

 

Biado, who briefly ranked No.1 in the world two years ago, and the seventh-ranked Centeno formed part of the eight players from Asia who made it to the world games based on their world rankings.

 

Biado and Centeno are part of the eight players from Asia-composed of four men players from Taipei, China and Japan and four women from Taipei, Korea and Japan-qualified to compete in the world games based on their world rankings.

 

The two Filipino cue artists will spearhead the 11-man billiard sports in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month.

 

Biado and Centeno will defend their titles in the 9-ball pool. 

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